Light Rail: $433,333 per Extra Passenger

The ACT Government is spending $433,333 per additional commuter to ride the service, ACT Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today.

“The Government has stated that light rail patronage will be 4,500 people in the morning peak. However, currently 3,000 commuters ride ACTION on Northbourne in the morning,” said Mr Coe.

“To spend so much money on an additional 1,500 people seems extraordinary and will hardly make a dent on the number of cars.

“In fact, car traffic on Northbourne Avenue could worsen if trams are given priority at intersections and dart across Northbourne Avenue twice to pull in and out of the Dickson station.

“The Government has not made a good case for why light rail needs to be built at taxpayers’ expense.

“Unfortunately, it is going to take more than a few inaccurate artist’s impressions to make the case for spending more than $600 million on light rail,” concluded Mr Coe.